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Handi-Treads Make a Great Spring Cleaning Gift

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As the first day of meteorological spring 2014 falls upon our nation, hundreds of thousands of people are still digging out of several 2013-2014 winter storms including #WinterStormAtlas, #WinterStormBoreas, #WinterStormCleon and #WinterStormDion.

According to The Weather Channel this morning, more cold air will move into the Midwest, East, and parts of the South regions early next week bringing the possibly of more winter storms.

With a much needed thaw covering much of our nation these past couple of weeks, what does this mean for the regions mentioned above? It means any standing water on city sidewalks, driveways and porch decks could freeze, leaving a slippery mess for people.

Did you know slips and falls cause more than 19,000 deaths in the U.S. annually (source Center for Disease Control)?

With Mother Nature’s relentless winter breaking snow records in New York City, frigid below average temperatures in Chicago, and near record breaking numbers for ice covering the great lakes (92%) it’s no wonder millions of Americans are fed up with this weather.

But as I stated earlier, more winter weather could invade our air over the next several days, leaving Americans to fend for both their safety and others against slips and falls when leaving their home.

To prevent this, we at Handi-Ramp have designed a permanent and inexpensive solution for this growing problem. Named Handi-Treads, they are made from aluminum measuring 3.75” wide by 30” long and are designed to be mounted on to any surface aimed at preventing such slips and falls. You may have heard of a non slip grit tape or maybe grip paint, right? Well, our tread would replace those useless products.

Manufactured with our unique raised-button surface, aluminum treads provided unparalleled traction regardless of weather conditions or mounting location. They are available in several varying sizes and colors to meet your needs, and come with a lifetime residential warranty so long as you maintain ownership of the property, and a one year warranty for commercial locations.

What’s more, if you decide a few years down the road that your mounting location was not the best choice, simply remove the tread and place it elsewhere – you won’t need to worry about scraping up dried glue from the faded tape.

We promise you will be satisfied with our product, and if not, feel free to return it for a credit! For more information about our non slip tread or to make a purchase, please call (800) 876-7267 or visit www.handiramp.com

For those of you located in Canada, please see our Amazon Canada products (http://tinyurl.com/pddawq5).

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Keeping the Family Safe During the Holidays

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As we near the end of 2013, one thing is for sure: the year went by really, really fast.

I can remember sitting at the Thanksgiving table with the family, eating turkey, potatoes, and other dishes that aunts and uncles brought like it was yesterday.

But of course it wasn’t yesterday – it was almost one full month ago. Like I said, time flew very quickly this year.

And if you are one of the millions of people to host Christmas for your family this year, it’s not too late to safeguard your home from unnecessary injury, specifically outdoors.

The Weather Channel has indicated all week that both rain and snowstorms alike could cause many headaches while on the road, but fails the mention the dangers after pulling into the driveway. Now, don’t get me wrong – rain may not cause as much damage as one might think, but what happens when the air turns colder and changes the rain to snow? Now homeowners and property manages must shift their concerns to the ever-growing concern of a family member or close friend slipping and falling on the driveway without ever making it to the sidewalk.

To prevent such an accident from occurring, Handi-Ramp in Libertyville IL has created non slip aluminum treads designed to provide the additional traction one needs to safely walk, well, anywhere. The treads can be mounted to any surface in just a minute or two and does not require anything more than a hand tool or powered drill.

As I mentioned before, The Weather Channel indicates snow across much of the northwestern parts of the United States, and stretching eastward into New England.

No one wants to have an aunt, uncle or family friend slipping and falling before they make their way into the home. Protect them and yourself with non slip treads, and let the unparalleled traction speak for itself.

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Environmentally Friendly Alternatives to Salting Your Slippery Stairs in the Winter

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When winter arrives, you feel it: a freezing cold, snowy, slushy season. One of the first things many people do is grab that $20 bag of salt at the nearest grocery store.  In any given winter, we go through several bags of the clear pellets in hopes of reducing slips and falls by family members, relatives and friends.  We think nothing of spending $20 once or many times a week on deicers for stairs, walkways and driveways to keep from falling.  Just because we eat salt, does not mean that it is a good thing, in mass quantities, for the environment.

Many times I’m asked the question, “Is salt environmentally friendly?”

The answer is no.  Many salt compounds used for de-icing – vehicles to airplanes – contain large amounts of chemicals that damage plants.  Deicing chemicals build up and prevent nutrients from getting into soil and waterways as they are contaminated by heavy metals.  Excess salt can even give grass the burnt look near the edge of the sidewalk once the snow has melted in summer and spring.

Other kinds of salt include those strewn onto streets by snow removal vehicles.  The salt inside their tanks includes such chemicals like sodium chloride, calcium chloride and potassium chloride. Calcium chloride is notorious for promoting algae in our water ways. It is an undesired side effect, one that most people are unaware of.  These types of salts are also corrosive and are a harmful skin irritant. Furthermore, the colder the temperature is below 32 degrees, the less effective salt is on a roadway.

What do I do instead?  What’s the alternative to salt?

By eliminating salt all together, you will not only help save the environment but save yourself countless money.  The permanent alternative solution to salt is a product patented for slippery conditions cathumb_tread-snow-on-stairslled Handi-Treads®.  These non slip stair treads are specifically designed to be mounted to any wood or concrete surface that requires additional traction to avoid slips and falls.

Salt melts ice but the process is a slow, temporary and costly solution.  Handi-Treads® stair treads provide years of durability and are sold with a lifetime residential warranty, giving you years of avoiding the trip to the store to get the $20 bag of chemical deicers and potentially a trip to the hospital from slipping on ice!

For more information on HandiTreads contact us at Handi-Ramp in the Chicago suburbs at (800) 876-RAMP or (847) 680-7700.

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